The week in patriarchy: who needs prenatal and newborn care, anyway? | Jessica Valenti

Jessica Valenti
‘For now, we hold our breath and wait for news on healthcare.’ Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

As Republicans tried (and failed) to repeal the Affordable Care Act yesterday while the president played big boy truck time, it was hard to remember a time when each day didn’t feel a million years long.

The right isn’t even trying to hide their disdain for poor people anymore: today Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, said on CBS This Morning that if people were worried about their state not requiring employers to cover services like maternity care, they should “figure out a way to change the state” they live in.

And after a racist attack in New York that left one man dead – by a man who reportedly admitted to targeting black people – the administration is strangely silent. (I guess it’s not terrorism when white people do it?)

Still, we keep on keeping on. And for now, hold our breath and wait for news on healthcare.

Glass Half Full

Teenagers will save us all. When a city department of education official called high school journalists in Queens, New York, “fake news” for doing their job, they doubled down with more great journalism.

What I’m RTing

Who I’m reading

Collier Meyerson on (not) dating white men in the age of Trump; essays from Samantha Irby’s soon-to-be-released amazing book We Are Never Meeting In Real Life; and Emily Crockett on a new poll that shows, among other things, that 80% of men think women “should” be able to have sex for pleasure, not just pregnancy. My questions are: who are the 20% who think otherwise, and how can we avoid them for life?

What I’m writing

Women who watched Trump straight-up ignore Angela Merkel last week saw something all too familiar. Too many of us have had the experience of men acting as if we’ve invisible.

How outraged I am

On a scale of one to ten, this picture of a room full of white men who want to cut maternity care and contraception coverage has me at a full twelve.

How I’m making it through this week

A bit of shameless self-promotion that has the benefit of being true: talking with artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh rejuvenated me and I’m betting it will do the same for you. If not, try this picture of my sweet dog when he was a pup, marking yesterday’s National Puppy Day. (If that doesn’t work, there’s no help for you - you’re a monster.)

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